Editorial - Fasten your seat belts
Next Monday at 4 p.m., Edwin Hayes and Andrew Humphreys will be formally sworn in as new members of the Washington County school board. We take this opportunity to congratulate them, not only for winning their races for office, but for being willing to take on a job where the pay is inadequate ($3,500 a year) and the responsibilities immense.
The board they're joining faces some tremendous challenges, not all of which are obvious. For example, because of some bad decisions by previous boards, some schools that might have been mothballed and preserved for later use - Woodland Way, Surrey and Washington Street - were sold, meaning that when the next wave of residential development hits, school crowding and the demand for more classroom space will be an issue again.
Hayes is on track when he says that it's important that the board come to consensus on issues. Provided everyone on the board remembers that the important thing is what's best for students, rather than winning for political reasons, it shouldn't be impossible to reach a compromise all can live with.